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This Should Have Ended After 3,
This review is from: Death Wish 5 UK DVD 2012 Release  (DVD)
Lets face it, there are times when movies should just end, and this is definitely one where Charles Bronson should have said "no thank you" and walked away.
This time our friend Paul Kersey isn't just killing for his own vigilante wants, but for someone else's; one would even say this was a dangerous move. He's upset, because his new girlfriend Olivia is being harassed by her ex; a mobster who wants to make money from her fashion business. When Kersey finds it all disgusting, he decides it's time to go back to his old ways... but with age, police and other people against him, can he really do this 20 years on?
I didn't enjoy this sequel, and think it is an insult to Michael Winner's trilogy, which were good films in their own right. The direction is poor, and this just repeats other things from the last 4 Death Wish movies. Have to give Charles his due, he was 72 when this was made and shows great character and still does a good job of Paul, but really this script was poor, and it does feel lifeless. I also felt this was more revenge than vigilantism by Kersey- which does seem to go back to Death Wish II's philosophy - but nowhere as good.
If you're a DW fan I think you'll be disappointed, OK, Dirty Harry pulled off a later sequel but it was nowhere as good as Dirty Harry from 1971; this goes the same for the Death Wish franchise, plus a change of director is never a good move. I feel MGM were just trying to cash in on it.
The DVD is widescreen, which should please fans - also it's been remastered which is probably good news for fans too. I found the colours, sound and presentation to be good and of high quality, shame the film was not much cop.
Guess you have to love the franchise to watch this, as it's the worst of the lot. The best have to be the first 2.